Advice – If You’re Planning to Study Abroad

First of all, you should definitely study abroad! If you’re on the fence about it at all, just do it! Secondly, I’ll preface this advice by saying that everyone studies abroad for different reasons, and people end up having vastly different experiences, even if they go to the same place. Think about what your goals […]

June 1, 2017: Reflecting on My Exchange Semester

About 24 hours after my last final exam, I was on a plane back to the United States. Another 24 hours after that, I was eating dinner with my family in the Massachusetts house where I grew up. The quick turnaround left me questioning whether the whole Hong Kong adventure was even real. But then […]

April 22, 2017: Spring Break in Thailand

Ellie, Bella and I left our Hong Kong university with three full backpacks, plane tickets and little idea of what the next two weeks would entail. As we were walking to the bus stop, it still didn’t seem real that we were finally beginning a much-anticipated trip–to Thailand! Bangkok The journey began in Bangkok, the […]

March 15, 2017: Favorite Food Experiences

Food is a lens through which to experience a culture, and it’s also beautiful when it brings people together. A group of girls in my dorm became friends all because one girl offered to make us a home-cooked meal one night, and now these are the people that I spend most of my time with! […]

February 27, 2017: Less Concrete, More Jungle

A remarkable part about Hong Kong is the combination of city and nature in such close proximity to each other. Not only are these contrasting environments present, but Hong Kong contains the extremes of both: it is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and has some of the tallest skyscrapers; at […]

February 12, 2017: Has It Only Been 3 Weeks?

When you study abroad, time doesn’t run the same way. A day is equivalent to a week, and a week feels like a month. The past three weeks have confirmed that I definitely made the right decision to come here! To answer all the uncertainties of my previous blog post: my roommate is from Istanbul, […]

January 22, 2017: About to Board the Plane

Well, the moment has finally arrived. Throughout the years, people have asked me whether I plan on studying abroad, and I’ve always replied, “Of course, no question!” without knowing much about what the experience would entail. Spain was the imagined destination, before London took its place. Now, I’m waiting for my 16-hour flight to Hong […]